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The Essex Way

A Look Back on the Essex Way
The Essex Way is an 81 mile trail bumped up to a round 100 miles with (mostly deliberate) scenic detours in the Joined Up Hiking version. It charts a course through farmland, woodland, leafy lanes, historic small towns and villages and river valleys in the northern part of the county, from Epping Forest to the North Sea at Harwich. There's plenty of architectural heritage too along the way, including the village of Dedham in the Stour Valley area where John Constable painted many of his quintessential English pastoral scenes.

Section 7
20 hikers set out on a lovely Indian Summer's day for the 17 mile last leg of the Essex Way and were soon chatting merrily away. From the pretty and very quiet small town of Manningtree we walked along the Stour Estuary at low tide, cutting inland occasionally through the meadows, woods and fields, and even up one or two slopes to 100 feet above sea level in this peninsular region that we dubbed the Essex Alps. After a picnic on the grassy bank we crossed to the windy side for a final three miles along the esplanade where the sea was brown under a lowering sky and only one or two residents of a massive beach hut city were in occupation. After an impulsive extra kilometer by some of us to the end of a pier and back we regrouped to head for the nearest pub. A breakaway expedition to the fish and chip shop was rewarded with Harwich's finest fare. All in all a most enjoyable day.
Photos, courtesy of Maite, Darek, Lev and Louise
The record of our footsteps

Sections 4 to 6

Sections 1 to 3

These hikers did at least four of the seven sections:
7 - Christopher
6 - Philip Chaston
5 - Alcina, Jude L
4 - Marie-Laure

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
The High Weald Landscape Trail August 30, 2014 12:10 PM Christopher
The Three Castles Path June 1, 2014 10:26 AM Christopher
The Greensand Way - Sections 7 to 9 October 28, 2013 1:31 PM Christopher
Pub Menu for October 13th October 11, 2013 7:38 PM Christopher
The Essex Way - Sections 4 to 6 October 1, 2013 8:40 PM Christopher
The Greensand Way Sections 4 to 6 September 3, 2013 10:26 PM Christopher
The Essex Way - Sections 1 to 3 July 14, 2013 7:09 PM Christopher
The Sussex Border Path - Sections 7 - 9 June 17, 2013 11:54 PM Christopher
The Greensand Way - Sections 1 to 3 May 29, 2013 9:43 PM Christopher
The Greensand Way October 31, 2013 7:56 AM Christopher
Golden Rules May 5, 2014 7:49 PM Christopher
The Essex Way October 1, 2013 8:59 PM Christopher

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